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Best Bet: Aussie Girl (each-way)
Each Way Bet: Blairmayne (each-way)
Dark Horse Bet: Gypsy Woman (each-way)
At the Curragh on Saturday afternoon, there is a fine afternoon of racing. One of the highlights of the meeting will be the Paddy Power Scurry Handicap, which takes place at 2.35.
This is a prestigious handicap open to horses aged three and above. The winning connections will pocket €60,000, which is probably why no shortage of trainers and owners have put a horse forward for this contest.
Our Betting Tips and Predictions for the 14:35 Curragh
Ahead of this very competitive handicap contest, here are our best tips and predictions:
Our Best Prediction: Aussie Girl (each-way) @ 14/1
Aussie Girl is one of the less exposed types in here and she hinted that she may be ready for a big prize like this when winning over a furlong further here last time out. There was no shortage of depth in that race and she did it well under he 5lb claimer, who retains the ride. To my eyes, that performance suggested that she was ahead of the handicapper, so it wouldn’t be the hugest surprise if she remains highly competitive from here new mark. She looks well weighted with some of the so-called likelier types, while she’s already a soft ground winner, so ought to relish today’s conditions. She’s also down near the bottom of the weights, which is where three of the last four winners of this race have come from.
Our Each Way Prediction: Blairmayne (each-way) @ 20/1
At 20/1 Blairmayne looks overpriced, it’s as simple as that. This gelding is now ten-years-old, but he’s shown little signs of age slowing him down lately. Used sparingly by his shrewd handler, I get the feeling that they’ve been getting him right for this race. He returned from a 219-day break in fine form to win an 11-runner race at Naas over this trip on soft ground back in April, before going on to finish third (of 19), again on soft ground, over seven furlongs at Cork.
On that evidence, this step back to an extended six furlongs looks ideal, while the form of that race is hard to ignore. He’s down 3lbs for that effort, which looks lenient, plus he’s a course and distance winner. Ticks plenty of boxes and ought to be nearer the head of the market as far as I’m concerned.
Our Dark Horse Prediction: Gypsy Woman (each-way) @ 25/1
Finally, the ultra lightly raced Gypsy Woman should not be overlooked here. She rates as a great option for anyone looking to back something each-way at a very chunky price. The Ger Lyons filly has only run four times, but she stepped up on a couple of placed efforts to put everything together at Roscommon last time out, quickening clear of her rivals in good style.
The extra dig in the ground certainly seemed to help on that occasion, so don’t be surprised if she feels at home on today’s surface. She beat a 79-rated runner and did so by nearly six lengths without ever seeming to hit top gear. That tells me that a mark of 87 may even underestimate her. She’s nicely weighted too.
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